Did Ole Miss move to the front of the pack?

Jason Hawkins (TE, San Bernardino Valley CC, CA) - One of the country's top juco prospects took an official visit to the University of Mississippi over the weekend.We called to see how his visit went.

The following information was revealed during our interview with Jason Hawkins:

Did you make it in for your official visit? "I went to Ole Miss this weekend."

How did you like Ole Miss? "It was good, I liked Ole Miss a lot for many reasons."

Did anyone accompany you? "I visited by myself."

Who was your host? "Jason Cook was my host. Jason was great. He's a real nice guy who explained I had a great opportunity at Ole Miss. Oxford is a small town, but Jason showed me there as a lot to do. We just hung out with the other Ole Miss tight ends and had fun. We went out to eat a couple of times, played video games, walked around the Square and spent time with the other recruits. It was all good."

What did you learn about Ole Miss during your trip? "The business program is real good. The academic aspect is very good, from what I could tell."

What stood out the most about Ole Miss during your trip? "Ole Miss is different from what I expected, but in a good way. It's hard to explain, but I felt very comfortable at Ole Miss. Not that I thought I wouldn't, but it was more like home than I expected."

How did your meeting with Coach Orgeron go? "Coach O is a cool guy. He's very animated and I like that. I like being around people who are always excited about what they are doing."

What did you two discuss? "We talked about my academics and where I stood in order to graduate in December. I'm on track, but I've got work to do and have to get on it in a hurry. He talked to me about the excellent opportunity I had to play a lot immediately. That excites any football player. Coach O knew before I came here that I was not going to commit yet because I have other visits and he didn't try to pressure me. I appreciate that. That is a plus for Ole Miss."

Where does Ole Miss now stand in your pecking order? "I will visit UCF and Marshall next. I'm still talking to Utah, Kansas, New Mexico State and a couple of others, but I don't think I'm going to have time to visit them all so I am going to be making some hard decisions in a couple of weeks. Right now, Ole Miss is way up the ladder, but I really don't have a solid leader. Ole Miss was high on my list before the visit and still is, maybe even a little higher because of my visit."

Where do you go next? "UCF is next weekend and then Marshall. From there, I don't know yet."

Jason is a December prospect.





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